As you approach for landing, you will see that Samui boasts and quaint and tropical open-air airport. Constructed out of tree trunks and lush foliage, you will know you are on vacation as soon as you land. A colorful little trolley will drive you to the baggage claim area, where you can actually see the airport employees placing your bag on the conveyor belt. Don't bother with a cart, because as soon as you step away from the airport, there are only dirt roads. Luckily, there will be many happy Thai men waiting to give you a lift to your hotel.
You should have a hotel in mind, otherwise, the driver will try to convince you to go to a certain hotel, telling you that is is nice and cheap. However, beware of this. It is not just a friendly tip, but rather the driver has contracts with hotels and will tell you anything to get you to go there. Once in a while, it may be a gem. But I would go with a plan in mind or at least have him drop you off a Chaweng Beach where the beach is lined with cute little hotels.
We stayed at the Chaweng Resort and the Chaweng Buri, both fantastic hotels. The Resort had a nice workout room and huge breakfast in the mornings. The bungalows were nice sized, but beware of the mosquitos that come in the air-conditioning vents. The Buri was also very nice, with beautiful bungalows near the beach. They also served a nice breakfast, but did not have many beach chairs, so get there early.